ENTEBBE – Uganda has received its second Airbus A330neo aircraft, bringing the total fleet to six as the national carrier, Uganda Airlines, continues with revival efforts.
The A330neo aircraft that touched down at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday, February 2, at 9.30am, is the latest version of the most popular widebody airliner and will be the second Airbus delivered to Uganda Airlines, which was re-established in 2019.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who received the aircraft dubbed; ‘Mt Rwenzori’ thanked Ugandan pilots and aircraft engineers for playing a critical role in offering technical guidance to the government in restarting Uganda Airlines.
The first Airbus dubbed; ‘Mt Elgon’ was received by President Yoweri Museveni on December 22.
According to Uganda Airlines, the two new airbus will soon start making direct flights to Asia, Europe and the Middle East, while four Bombardiers of the CRJ900 series will remain operating regional flights.
“The successful delivery is an affirmation of Uganda Airlines’ ambition to start long haul operation and this new wide-body pair will serve the carrier’s international network expansion with flights from its hub at Entebbe International Airport,” said the airline in a Tuesday statement.
Uganda Airlines collapsed in 2001 after it faced financial difficulties. It was liquidated after years of making losses.
Government is optimistic that the revival of the national flag carrier will boost the country’s economic growth and tourism. Ugandans spend over 400 million U.S. dollars on air travel annually.